Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget cuts announced last week have prompted a hiring freeze for the state's four regional universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College.
William R. Bowes, the chief financial officer for the Board of Regents for Higher Education, informed the schools' leaders of the hiring freeze in a Dec. 3 letter, throwing into question plans made by the regents earlier this year to use $5.5 million in administrative savings to hire new tenure-track faculty.
"[G]iven the severity of the cuts we need to make" under Malloy's deficit mitigation plan, Bowes wrote, "we are instituting a freeze on hiring of any and all full-time positions, effective immediately."
Bowes said consideration will be given to positions that are essential to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.
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